Public sentiment in the Occupy Wall Street (OCW) movement is drawing attention to its’ dire need for more cohesive organization among other things.
As most people will agree, its’ collective outrage is intending to challenge the status quo of American society. My gut reaction is likely a shared idealistic vision–but holistically, a clearer and more comprehensive mission statement may be required.
The public perception may also call for more time, which could become political in the coming 2012 election. But can this movement gain support given the magnitude of the challenge?
Voices of change who have had influence on our society, especially in the past 50 years, like Ralph Nader, for example, grew in popularity through audiences of consumer advocacy, fighting for public health, environment causes, and overall standards of living.
On the heels of social reform, Nader acknowledges the OCW’s civic activities and makes his own recommendations along with a network of influence for a more distributed process.
In the same token, an excerpt from the OCW website provides its’ first attempt at a mission statement:
“…returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens.”
If such a platform of change is to evolve, OCW may need to convey a broader scope. Consider this draft revised mission statement, one that I constructed:
“The OCW stands for unity of people calling for moral and fair government representation of the total voting population.”
In our American society, freedom of expression is a protected right of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. Essentially, as public citizens, individually and collectively, we have a voice.
One of our notable American journalists, Andy Rooney has come to be known for exercising this individual right of expression, which is firmly rooted in principles of self government.
According to Rooney’s biography on biography.com, an essay suggesting alcohol, drugs, food, cigarettes, and homosexual unions could lead to premature death actually got him fired from the CBS 60 Minutes program. Consequently, CBS ratings fell 20%, so they reinstated Rooney, thus continuing to attract young and old audiences for 35 years during his tenure.
The moral of the story: OCW’s mission will need to more deeply engage public concern and support to influence social and political reform that will endure the test of time.